Two Routes Folsom to Placerville Area

Placerville Partial Loop

  • Folsom
  • El Dorado Hills
  • Rescue
  • Lotus
  • Coloma
  • Gold Hill
  • Placerville
  • Sacramento Hill, Placerville (49)
  • Cold Springs
  • Coloma
  • Pilot Hill
  • El Dorado Hills
  • Distance 68 Miles
  • Climb 6050 feet

Hanks Exchange Round Trip

  • Folsom
  • El Dorado Hills
  • Rescue
  • Lotus
  • Coloma
  • Gold Hill
  • Cold Springs
  • Placerville
  • Sacramento Hill, Placerville (49)
  • Diamond Springs (49)
  • Hanks Exchange (Pleasant Valley Road)
  • Vineyard at the end of Hanks Exchange
  • Turn around and return along same route
  • Distance 81 Miles
  • Climb 7850 feet

Rescue

James and his collection of spare tubes.

Lotus

The hill down into Lotus is lots of fun on the way out, but on the return, an almost 2 mile climb, with 10% seconds is quite gruesome. Once in Lotus there isn't much, mostly historical buildings, the General Store from 1885 is in fantastic condition.

 

 

Coloma

Sutter Mill in Coloma State Park, where gold was originally found in California.

Gold Hill

The "Vineyard House" at the very beginning of the climb

Two of the old buildings at the top of Gold Hill, the general store from 1859, and a garage, with a very old truck inside.

The screaming decent on the way home, we paid for it on the way out, a 13% decent for a couple of miles!

Cold Springs/Gold Hill

Grahams Pear Shed near Gold Hill, down Cold Springs Road.

Sacramento Hill, Placerville

Another 15mph mountain twisties, although unlike the one down the 49 from Gold Hill, this time it's an uphill climb, one of the hardest, but short, uphill climbs around, as you can see by the gradient in the picture on the right.

Hanks Exchange

Beautiful golden meadows, with majestic American White Oaks, this is close to the vineyard at the end of Hanks Exchange.

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